Saturday, 30 March 2013

Wreck-It Ralph Cinema Review

Review By Patrick Challis

Written By Rich Moore, Phil Johnston, Jim Reardon, Jennifer Lee, John C. Reilly, Sam J. Levine and Jared Stern
Directed By Rich Moore

Animated, Comedy, Adventure


John C. Reilly as Ralph
Sarah Silverman as Vanellope
Jack McBrayer as Felix
Jane Lynch as Calhoun
Alan Tudyk as King Candy
Ed O'Neil as Mr. Litwak
Dennis Haysbert as General Hologram

Certificate PG


A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives.


I have to admit that I put off of watching this movie for a while because of the sheer amount of hype that surrounded it but you know what?  It was worth every single bit of that hype.

This animated tale of a video game villain wanting to be a hero instead is superb in it's simplicity but what really makes it fly off the screen are the performances and the little touches put in by the creators.

Take John C. Reilly for example.  He has long been one of my favourite actors and this performance definitely shows why.  He gives a wonderfully layered performance as Ralph, giving him a heart and soul to such a degree that he feels like a living, breathing person.  Reilly also manages to make him so sympathetic that you can't help but get behind Ralph's quest to better himself.

There are some absolutely fantastic cast members in this film.  Sarah Silverman is superb as a character named Vanellope, who despite being a glitch in the game just wants to race her cart in the racing game she inhabits.  Her childish humour and personality is well suited to Silverman's style of comedy and she absolutely knocks the character off the page.

Another great cast member is Alan Tudyk, who readers will remember as Wash in 'Firefly' and 'Serenity' as well as his superb performance in 'Dale and Tucker Vs Evil', who plays King Candy.  He truly gives a wonderfully maniacal performance and gives a massive level of smarmy menace.

Another thing I really liked about this movie is the fantastic animation.  Each computer game character is animated differently.  If the game is from the 80's, the character looks and moves as if from one of those games.  If the character has jerky movements in the game that he inhabits, the animation recreates that perfectly.  In fact, the computer game characters here are one of the best things about the game.  The creators mix real characters like Zangief and Bison from the 'Street Fighter' games and Dr Robotnik from the 'Sonic' game amongst others.  I won't spoil them for you but keep your eyes out for some superb cameo appearances.

All in all, I thought this movie was, for once, definitely worth the hype that surrounded it.  Both I loved the movie and laughed my butt off all the way through as well as my 3 year old son, who absolutely loved it and was glued to the screen the entire way through.

Movie 4.5/5

"I  like Felix.  He my favourite."

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